Thank as if
Not as easy
As it sounds!
So I thank you
For the GRACE,
Some time back we got a much-needed rain. I loved every drop. I was talking to a friend on the phone when “CRACK’ a huge bolt of lightning hit very close. I told her it was time to stop chatting! Two circuit breakers popped in the house. I knew it had to have hit near by. The next day Jim brought in a big strip of bark. It seems the oak tree about 100 yards from our deck was the object of the lightning strike. It made a spiral pattern around the tree and stripped the bark off that tree. The next morning Jim asked me to come see something in the woods. The rain had caused hundreds of little white flowers to pop up. We have a field full of them. With that rain, good things happened and not so good things happened too. That is life. We accept good and bad as just living. God is still good when lightning hits us and God is still good when our lives blossom after a refreshing rain. I need to learn to praise Him in the good times and the not so good times.
I am posting a “poem” I wrote over 30 years ago. Many mothers sent their little ones off to their first day of school today. Others sent their precious children off to college. The days are long, but the years are fast. Don’t waste them. Trust God with them. I am saying this to my heart as well as to yours!
Hey Diddle Diddle
As wrists become thin
And chubby fingers knobby
Don’t let go just yet.
Sit beside me
We’ll sing “Hey Diddle Diddle”
And you will be all mine, just a little longer.
Listen to the Lord
And He will teach you
When to hold on
And when to release them
To jump over their own moons.
Oh Lord gives these moms the grace to not only allow their children to grow up, but help them grow in you. Give them wisdom and joy in their labors which seem endless now, but it is a season that will pass way too fast. Help them to cherish the precious moments. Amen and Amen!
*Hey Diddle Diddle is a nursery rhyme.
When I was a in high school and college, I worked at a pharmacy that had a gift shop. I think I made the huge amount of $1.60 per hour. It helped me work my way through college without student loans. This pharmacy had a small gift section. One day they had some figurines for sale. I saw this one and fell in love with her. I can’t recall what she cost, but I had to put her aside and pay a little each week. When I finally took her home, I named her Abigail. Abigail sat on my dresser and she listened to all my stories of school, and work, and lousy dates. She heard all my tales about this really cute guy I started dating and later married. She was a faithful friend. I loved her dearly. When Jim and I got married, I had to pack up all my belongings. The military sent packers, but I didn’t let them pack Abigail. I wrapped her up myself and carried her in our car. She was too precious to allow others to pack. For years I packed Abigail myself. One move I heard a still small voice say, let them pack Abigail. I pretended not to hear. Then the still small voice, let them pack Abigail. I bowed my head and gave Abigail to the Lord for safe keeping, and I handed her to the packers. I didn’t worry, I felt at peace. You see by then, I loved Jesus more than my husband, my children, or my possessions. Abigail was packed many times in our military moves. She never received a scratch or a chip. She sits in a place of honor in our home. Is there anything you need to give back to the Lord? He will take good care of all you love. Abigail and I know that for a fact!
Because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.
2 Timothy 1:12
I found this Scripture and decided I need to focus on these three things in my life. If I really apply them, it might really change me and maybe even a few of my circumstances!
The Message (MSG)
“We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation:
1. Trust steadily in God
2. Hope unswervingly
3. Love extravagantly (or as we say at MOPS… Love wildly!)
And the best of the three is love.”
If I truly trust, hope, and love, I will be too busy to worry, complain, and waste my time! So for now I am focusing on the three until the fog clears and I see Him face to face!
“I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to safely guard all that I have given Him until the day of His return.” II Timothy 1:12 LB
Putting my daughter down for a nap, I took off her little soiled tennis shoes. Even after she was all tucked in, I held them in my hand and felt her warmth still in them. Somehow I felt if I could hold them close enough, they would stay warm, as if I could keep those little feet small and that little life sheltered.
Lord, you know how much I love our girls. You know they are growing up so fast. And when it’s time for those hands to leave mine, help me always to remember, you’ve ALWAYS held their hands, and you always will. Give them the desire to keep their hand in yours and to seek your guidance and love FIRST, above anything else.
I wrote this piece when Andi was four years old. She is now a grown woman and a bio-medical-mechanical engineer. Time flies! She is married to a firefighter! Dawn is also all grown up and lives in Washington state with her 10year old daughter, two cats, and twelve chicken and two bunnies. She is a counselor in private practice. I think it is even harder as a mother of adult children to let go. I had control when they were little to a certain extent, but now I have zero. It makes my prayer life stronger and my trust in the Lord grows daily. If your children are small, cherish the moments. If they are grown keep cherishing, but never stop trusting the Lord. He is faithful and good!
Is it just me, or do we often try to fill the voids in our life with things? Too quiet, turn on the television or music. Feeling empty, eat some ice cream, go shopping. Neither television or ice cream help! In fact they can do the opposite! When we ask Jesus into our life to be our Savior, He comes into our heart. He lives in us. We are His dwelling place. When I have guests, I don’t always allow them full access to every part of my home. I have some drawers and closets that I would rather no one see…ever! Jesus doesn’t march into our lives and demand that we give Him our whole life. He waits patiently until we realize that giving Him control sets us free! Instead of filling in the voids with things, I want to give Jesus all the nooks and crannies in every part of me. It sounds simple, but it is a life long challenge! A challenge worth pursuing! I’m Your’s Lord Jesus!
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
I am pretty good at waiting, for the most part. Yesterday we were at the vet to have simple rabies vaccines for the doggies. Since they are so tiny and have reactions to shots, we space out their vaccines. They were busy at the clinic and it took a long time. That doesn’t bother me. Waiting in traffic is no problem either. Waiting for God to answer my prayers can be another thing all together. While praying for a friend this morning I was reminded of a story from Acts 3 . One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Cool story isn’t it. There is a part I highlighted, “where he was put every day.” Why did I highlight that portion of the verses? Because Jesus had to have walked through that gate some time while he was on this earth. Yet Jesus didn’t choose to heal the man. He waited until Peter and John walked through the gate to allow them to heal the man. It was His plan and His timing. I need to be patient and wait on the Lord’s timing and plan for answers to prayer. Sometimes He gives deliverance, sometimes He gives Grace, but He always makes a difference. I lift my eyes to you Lord, and wait for your answers with Hope in my heart.
I wrote this piece in the early 80’s. I was trying to express what happened in my life when Jesus found me. I am sharing it today so you will understand why this blog is called Onion Blossom. If you don’t know the One who helped me leave the dirt and sin and bloom, I pray you find Him. By the way, onions do bloom! Isn’t that awesome!
I used to be an onion, I lived in the complete darkness of a sin filled life. I didn’t have even a concept of Light. All the dirt, rocks, and dampness made life unbearable. I was a sad empty onion, going nowhere. Jesus passed my way one day, and as He did, I caught a glimpse of Light and Peace, and I hungered for more. As I prayed in my darkness, He touched me, me an onion! I didn’t deserve His touch, but He cared about me. What a glorious day! I sent up a stem to the bright warm sun and the fresh air of a brand new day. From this stem a flower bloomed, and the flower was me! Jesus gave me a flower all my own. And now in Christ, I’m growing and blooming, but most of all I’m free. Thank you Jesus for dying for me when I was only an onion!
This blog is for all the onions that don’t see a way out of the darkness. Christ is alive and able to lift you out of your pit, and keep you out. He holds you in the palm of His Nailed scarred hand!
This is a drawing a friend drew for me when she read Onion Blossom. It is the cover of my devotional called Onion Blossom!
My pastor Robert Emmitt of Community Bible Church in San Antonio, TX, is one of the wisest men I know. He makes hard things simple. The title to this blog is his advice for living the Christian life. When I read the Bible, his words ring in my ears, and I try my best to “do what it says”! It isn’t easy for sure. This is what I read today and I’m trying to do what it says:
The Message (MSG)
Be cheerful no matter what;
pray all the time;
thank God no matter what happens.
I also read Psalm 42:11 and the last part of that passage says:
“He puts a smile on my face
He’s my God.”
How can I not be cheerful and thankful when I read something like that? Would you like to try it with me. Find a passage you think you should “do what it says” and then do what it says! Let me know in the comment section below this blog what verse challenges your heart to move closer to God. Remember….Trust God, Read the Bible, Do What it Says! Words from a wise man. Words that can strengthen our faith and walk with our Lord!